• LLSA Reading Submission Process

    Solicitation of Readings for Future LLSA Tests

    A cornerstone of ABEM's MOC program is the concept of Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment (LLSA). The primary goal of LLSA is to promote continuous learning on the part of ABEM diplomates. ABEM will facilitate this learning within the context of LLSA by identifying an annual set of readings to guide diplomates in self-study of recent Emergency Medicine (EM) literature.

    The Board wishes to identify important readings from well-respected journals and other publications that are widely and easily accessible to all ABEM diplomates published in either printed or electronic form. It is important to note, however, that the LLSA readings are designed as study tools and should be read critically. They are not intended to be all-inclusive and are not meant to define the standard of care for the clinical practice of EM. ABEM does not endorse a specific research finding or treatment modalityincluding off-label use of medicationsby virtue of its being the subject of a selected LLSA reading. Likewise, ABEM is mindful of the potential for real or perceived conflicts of interest in professional literature and makes a conscious effort to account for this in its LLSA reading selections.

    You can have a voice in the identification of these readings. ABEM welcomes your participation and requests that EM organizations and ABEM diplomates submit suggestions for readings. As a result of these efforts, over the past several years, ABEM has received a significant number of recommended quality readings. There is concern, however, that the number of suggested readings may naturally diminish over time as organizations and individuals become increasingly busy.

    Developing high-quality LLSA tests is dependent on high-quality readings.

    Submission Criteria for LLSA Readings

    ABEM has established the following criteria for LLSA readings:

    1. Focus on recent advances or current clinical knowledge in Emergency Medicine (EM)
    2. Clinically oriented in content
    3. Drawn from peer-reviewed EM journals, peer-reviewed journals from related primary specialty fields, textbook chapters, or updated practice guidelines published in either printed or electronic form.
    4. Related to any content area of the EM Model
    5. Widely available and easily accessible to ABEM diplomates
    6. Potentially suitable for serving as a part of a Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity by filling a knowledge or practice gap.

    Content of LLSA Test in 2019

    Currently, ABEM is soliciting readings for the 2019 LLSA test. Reading submissions may come from any content area of the EM Model.

    How to Submit Recommendations for LLSA Readings

    For each reference submitted, ABEM must receive the following two items:

    1.   LLSA Reading Submission Form

    Complete an EM LLSA Reading Submission Form for each reference that you recommend to the Board. (The EM LLSA Reading Submission Form in MS Word format.) The form can be computer-printed or typewritten.

    2.   One paper copy of the article, chapter, or other text

    One paper copy of the article, chapter or other text for which you have submitted a reference must be mailed or faxed to ABEM to be considered for inclusion. Electronic copies of readings cannot be accepted due to copyright restrictions.

    References received by April 1, 2017, will be considered for inclusion in the 2019 LLSA test. References submitted after that date may be considered for future years.

    Recommendations may be submitted via fax or mail:

    FAX: 517.332.3943

    Mail:   EM LLSA References
              American Board of Emergency Medicine
              3000 Coolidge Road
              East Lansing, MI 48823

    In providing your submission, please adhere to rules of the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq. regarding limitations on distribution of copyrighted materials.

    If you have specific questions or comments regarding the process for recommending references for the LLSA component of the ABEM MOC program, please contact Julie N. Keehbauch, Examination Development Specialist, at the ABEM office. If you have questions of a more general nature regarding LLSA or about the overall ABEM MOC program, please contact Kevin B. Joldersma, Ph.D., Senior Psychometrician.